Philo Public Library District
P.O. Box 199
115 E. Washington
Philo, Illinois 61864-0199

Phone: (217) 684-2896
Fax: (217) 684-2719

Monday-Friday: 9am-12N, 3pm-7pm
Saturday: 9am-1pm
Sunday: 2pm-5pm

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“Illinois Reads” Author Spotlight

Each month, we highlight three 2017 “Illinois Reads” authors and their selected titles. “Illinois Reads” is an initiative of the Illinois Reading Council that highlights the importance of reading at all ages and supports Illinois authors. Beginning each spring and concluding in the fall on Family Reading Night, the program offers a new list of six titles written and/or illustrated by Illinois authors at six different age levels from birth to adult.
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is the honorary chair of the “Illinois Reads” Committee and encourages everyone to get involved by becoming an “Illinois Reads” Ambassador, hosting or participating in a Family Reading Night program, attending an “Illinois Reads” author event and reading from the rich list of titles each year.
Each of the highlighted authors has published a book that has been selected to be on the 2017 “Illinois Reads” book list for grades 6-8.

Andrew Brumbach is a writer and trading and investment analyst who lives in Wheaton. From a young age, he always dreamed of writing books. His debut novel, “The Eye of Midnight”, is described by The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books as “Combining a 1920s New York setting with ancient Turkish and Arabian folklore and history, this novel reads like a young Indiana Jones adventure. As smart as it is action-packed.”


Kathryn J. Atwood is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and currently resides in Forest Park. She is an author, editor and contributor of several adult and young adult books about women involved in war efforts. Her book, “Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics,” brings the brave exploits of women from around the world to light, many of whom didn’t even have the right to vote at the time.


Mike Grosso lives in Oak Park and is a musician who always keeps his guitar handy, especially in his 5th grade classroom at Elmhurst Public School District. Grosso brings an exciting new voice to contemporary middle grade novels. His first book is “I Am Drums!” One Goodreads reviewer calls it, “… one that touches on themes we can all relate to: the desire to be great at what we love doing, to be brave enough to try something new, and to finally be heard.”

from ” E-news from the ISL 8/15/2017″

Children’s Programs
We offer a variety of programs for preschool and school-age children. Please see calendar for dates and times.
Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Library meet once a month, generally their meetings are scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday at 3:00 PM, in the library's meeting room. Membership dues are currently $5 per year. The Friends mission is to assist the library, and to have a good time while doing it. Please call ahead for current information.
Book Club
We have a unique book club where you pick your own book to read with others. We meet on the last Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm. Please call ahead, since we will not be meeting on holidays or in inclement weather.